Cleveland accepts state education position



Dr. Philip Cleveland, principal of J. B. Pennington High School, is picured with seventh-grade students (from left) Joey Walden, Matthew Salinas, and Anthony Peek as they work on improvements to the school’s football field.

Dr. Philip Cleveland, principal of J. B. Pennington High School, is picured with seventh-grade students (from left) Joey Walden, Matthew Salinas, and Anthony Peek as they work on improvements to the school’s football field.

J.B. Pennington principal Dr. Philip Cleveland has accepted a job effective June 1 as state director of workforce development and career technology, reporting to state Supt. of Education Dr. Tommy Bice.

Cleveland said the new job will provide opportunity to improve and streamline the reltionship between secondary (high school) and postsecondary (college level) education and industry needs statewide with reference to workforce developmenmt and career technical training.

He said it will involve working with the 10 state regional workforce councils and career technical centers around the state to help get secondary education aligned with the workforce needs identified. He said he will also work with guidance counselors throughout the state to strengthen their emphasis on career options, career path planning, and career technical training.

Cleveland said his own experience equips him well for the job. He has served as an agriculture and technical-skills instructor, high school principal (twice), Blount County Career Technical Center director, community college dean of technical education, and community college acting president.